1 [slam]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), slammed, slamming.
to shut with force and noise: to slam the door.
to dash, strike, knock, thrust, throw, slap down, etc., with violent and noisy impact: He slammed his books upon the table.
Informal. to criticize harshly; attack verbally: He slammed my taste mercilessly.
a violent and noisy closing, dashing, or impact.
the noise so made.
Usually, the slam. Slang. slammer ( def 2 ).
Informal. a harsh criticism; verbal attack: I am sick of your slams.
Also called poetry slam. Informal. a competitive, usually boisterous poetry reading.

1650–60; perh < Scandinavian; compare Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish slamra to slam

unslammed, adjective
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slam1 (slæm)
vb , slams, slamming, slammed
1.  to cause (a door or window) to close noisily and with force or (of a door, etc) to close in this way
2.  (tr) to throw (something) down noisily and violently
3.  slang (tr) to criticize harshly
4.  informal (intr; usually foll by into or out of) to go (into or out of a room, etc) in violent haste or anger
5.  (tr) to strike with violent force
6.  informal (tr) to defeat easily
7.  the act or noise of slamming
8.  slang harsh criticism or abuse
[C17: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse slamra, Norwegian slemma, Swedish dialect slämma]

slam2 (slæm)
1.  a.  the winning of all (grand slam) or all but one (little slam or small slam) of the 13 tricks at bridge or whist
 b.  grand slam See little slam the bid to do so in bridge
2.  an old card game
[C17: of uncertain origin]

slam3 (slæm)
a poetry contest in which entrants compete with each other by reciting their work and are awarded points by the audience
[C20: origin unknown]

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Word Origin & History

"a severe blow," 1672, probably from a Scand. source (cf. Norw. slamre, Swed. slemma "to slam, bang") of imitative origin. The verb meaning "to shut with force" is attested from 1726. Meaning "say uncomplimentary things about" is from 1916. Slam-bang first recorded 1823. Slam-dunk is from 1976. Slam-dance
is attested by 1987 (slam by itself in this sense is recorded from 1983). Slammer "jail, prison" is from 1952.

"a winning of all tricks in a card game," 1621, used especially in whist, of obscure origin. Grand slam in bridge first recorded 1892; earlier in related card games from 1814; fig. sense of "complete success" is attested from 1920; in baseball sense from 1940.
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